Athletics acquired OF Brett Eibner from the Royals for OF Billy Burns.
Eibner was optioned back to Triple-A on Friday with the return of Lorenzo Cain. He hit just .231/.286/.423 with three homers and 10 RBI in 85 plate appearances with the Royals. He adds organizational outfield depth for the A's.
Royals acquired OF Billy Burns from the Athletics for OF Brett Eibner.
The speedy outfielder fell out of favor with the Athletics after opening the year as their starting center fielder and leadoff hitter. He hit just .234/.270/.303 with 14 stolen bases before his demotion to Triple-A. The Royals will certainly find ways to utilize his blazing speed.
Aledmys Diaz is not in the Cardinals starting lineup on Saturday.
It appears to be just a routine day of rest for the hard-hitting shortstop. Greg Garcia is starting in his place and will bat leadoff for the Cardinals on Saturday against Collin Rea and the Marlins.
Marlins sent INF/OF Don Kelly outright to Triple-A New Orleans.
The Marlins designated him for assignment earlier in the week but he passed through waivers unclaimed. He'll continue to provide organizational depth for the Marlins and should get another opportunity with the big league club before the end of the season.
Pirates acquired LHP Taylor Hearn and LHP Felipe Rivero from the Nationals for RHP Mark Melancon.
Hearn, a 21-year-old left-hander, registered a 2.79 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 39/13 K/BB ratio across 29 innings between the Rookie League Nationals and Class-A Hagerstown this season. He has a power arm, but is still in the process of developing and refining his secondary offerings.
Pirates acquired LHP Felipe Rivero and LHP Taylor Hearn from the Nationals for RHP Mark Melancon.
Rivero, a hard-throwing, high-strikeout left-hander could quickly work himself into a setup capacity in the Pirates bullpen with the expectation that Tony Watson will step into the closer's role. He makes for a nice return for the Pirates on the expiring contract of Mark Melancon.
Nationals acquired RHP Mark Melancon from the Pirates for LHP Felipe Rivero and LHP Taylor Hearn.
Though the Nationals missed out in their pursuit of Aroldis Chapman, they managed to land the lockdown closer that they so desperately were seeking on the trade market. Melancon, who is set to hit free agency after this season, owns a minuscule 1.51 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 38/9 K/BB ratio across 41 2/3 innings this season.
Marlins recalled RHP Brian Ellington from Triple-A New Orleans.
He'll provide a fresh arm and additional depth in the Marlins bullpen. He has done a tremendous job when called upon this season, registering a 0.79 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 11/5 K/BB ratio across 11 1/3 innings.